The Jane Waldrop Williamson Endowment was established at Northwest Mississippi Community College by her husband, Wayne, and their children, Shannon and Wesley, to honor Jane’s lifelong career as an educator and to express appreciation for her loving dedication to her family.
A native of Memphis, Williamson grew up under the loving guidance of her parents, Doyle and Lexie Waldrop. She is a third generation teacher following in the path of her grandmother, Mary Shannon Waldrop and her father. Her sister, Cathy Doyle, is a former elementary teacher, and currently is the librarian at White Station High School in Memphis. After graduating from Memphis Preparatory School, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of Mississippi in 1979.
She began her career in education at Northwest in 1979 as a Business Technology Instructor. While teaching, she earned a Master of Education in Business Education from the University of Memphis in 1983. At the University of Memphis, she earned membership in the Beta Xi Chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon, a national graduate honorary society committed to the professional development of educators in business.
It was in high school that she met her husband of 39 years, Wayne. As he has pursued his successful business career, currently being the managing partner of Easley Contractors for the greater Memphis area, Jane has been a constant source of encouragement while being a devoted mother to Shannon and Wesley. Shannon earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Mississippi. She is currently a counselor at Southaven High School. Wesley graduated from Northwest and continued his education at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was an honor student, earning a bachelor’s degree in theater performance. He is currently teaching English as a second language online and directing and acting in local community theater.
During her 35-year career at Northwest, she taught Accounting, Machine Transcription, MicroComputer Applications and Word Processing. During the span of her career, technology took giant leaps. During her early years, she was teaching students how to use mimeograph machines then the DOS operating system, and at the end of her career, she was teaching students advanced computer applications.
Williamson was a member of the National Business Education Association and was chosen as the Northwest representative to the Lamplighter Conference in 2011. Lamplighter is a program begun in 1990 by the Mississippi Community College Academic Deans Association to honor excellence in teaching. She was also named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
Williamson’s fondest memories of her Northwest career are the colleagues that she had the privilege to work with each day. They were the ones who served as mentors to her during her teaching career. The faculty, staff, and administration of Northwest were all instrumental in making her years of teaching a rewarding career.
Jane retired from Northwest in 2014 and will always be grateful to her Northwest family; “I experienced the death of my mother and the birth of my daughter on the same day. Later, my son, Wesley, had to undergo three heart surgeries. The people at Northwest surrounded my family with love and support.”
During her retirement, Williamson has assisted Wayne in his business, enjoyed crocheting and reading, attending Bible Study and working in the women’s ministry at her church, taking piano lessons, and keeping in touch with her Northwest friends.
The scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing one of the following career pathways: Education, Career-Technical Business, or Theatre. The final preference for the scholarship is any Career-Technical pathway.